Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Tag Archives: cosmetics

Beauty with a Side of Mercury?

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Consumer Class Action, Product Liability & Torts, Torts
On July 26, 2016, FDA issued an updated warning on beauty products, warning consumers to avoid certain “skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions,” particularly those boasting “anti-aging” or “skin lightening” benefits, as potentially containing mercury.  While the dangers of mercury exposure are well-known, mercury’s ubiquity in certain beauty products is not.  Products that… Continue Reading

Is Makeup About to Get Ugly? Plaintiffs’ Counsel May See the High Promises of Some Cosmetics Advertisements as a Source of Litigation

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Consumer Class Action
While a study hardly seems necessary to confirm it, an article published in the Journal of Global Fashion Marketing reports that of 289 cosmetics ads surveyed, only 18% could be viewed as generally trustworthy. While some may view this finding to be mere common sense, others – particularly plaintiffs’ counsel looking for potential class action claims… Continue Reading

How Much Cucumber is in My Eye Cream? Why In-House Counsel for Cosmetics Companies Should Care

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Perusing the labels at your typical cosmetics counter or pharmacy aisle can feel akin to reading the menu of options for a smoothie bar.  “Antioxidants,” “Aloe,” “Vitamin C,” “Almond extract,” “natural fruit,” and “protein” all appear to be popular options.  When it comes to specifics, labels often vary from saying that an ingredient is contained… Continue Reading